Most drivers can relate to the frustration of being delayed by a red light. However, stop signals are crucial elements to a safe and functioning traffic flow. When a driver runs a red light or stop sign, he or she can easily collide with another vehicle or pedestrian. Just recently, a driver running a red light on Loop 410 in San Antonio caused a major car accident. The driver ended up pinned inside the car while another motorist suffered a head injury. Fortunately, both individuals survived the collision. However, other red light accident victims are not as lucky.
Accidents Caused by Running a Red Light
There are many reasons that a driver may fail to stop at a red light. Some drivers are simply in a hurry and hope that running the light will get them to their destination faster. Others are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Drivers may also miscalculate the amount of time they have before the light turns red. A driver who sees a yellow light may hope that by stepping on the gas, they can make it through the intersection before the light turns red.
Distracted driving can also lead to running a red light. A driver who is looking down a cell phone, attending to passengers, or using the GPS may not see the red light in time to stop. These types of oversights can lead to severe and fatal crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that nearly 1000 people died in red light accidents in 2019 alone. Red-light cameras may reduce the incidence of red-light accidents by as much as 21 percent. Unfortunately, these measures do not eliminate the chances of being struck by a driver who runs a red light.
What to Do If You Were Hurt by a Driver Who Ran a Red Light
Running a red light – whether intentional or accidental – can cause horrific crashes. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident caused by a driver who ran a red light, you may have legal recourse. You may be able to seek compensation for your vehicle damage, medical expenses caused by the injury, pain and suffering, and more.
Unfortunately, red light accidents can sometimes turn into he-said, she-said situations. This is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you gather the evidence needed to build a robust case against the at-fault driver.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Crash Lawyer
If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm for help. Texas personal injury attorney James S. Bettersworth knows how to fight on behalf of injured clients and their families. Call 830-443-9193 for a free consultation today.